|University Location||Fremantle, Western Australia|
|City Population||2.1 million|
|Program Campus||Sydney or Fremantle|
|Program Duration||4 years|
|Estimated Annual Tuition||$77,625 AUD (2023 fees; subject to increase)|
|Semester Intake||January / February|
|Next Available Intake||2024|
|Application Deadline||Varying rounds*|
|International Places||70 (60 in Sydney; 10 in Fremantle)|
Are you curious about medical research and/or clinical practice? Do you have an innate need to help your fellow human? Or maybe you have a calling to help poorly serviced communities with special health needs?
If so, the Doctor of Medicine degree at The University of Notre Dame Australia will have special appeal for you.
The Notre Dame School of Medicine is committed to providing an education that not only teaches the science and craft of medicine, but also develops passionate and devoted medical practitioners. It is for this reason that the MD entry requirements are based on more than your test scores, with traits such as passion, motivation, and purpose highly regarded.
This program is available in both Sydney, New South Wales (60 places), and Fremantle, Western Australia (10 places).
The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a 4-year postgraduate program open to students from a wide range of undergraduate degrees.
The aim of the program is to produce doctors who are excellent clinicians who are able to practice in a variety of clinical settings. Graduates will be committed to lifelong learning through reflective practice, engagement in research, and demonstration in highly developed clinical skills and judgment in the context of evidence-based practice.
Ethical issues in professional life underpin the Notre Dame MD program as well as the principles of patient-centred care and professional medical practice. Health and illness across a range of populations will be explored throughout the program with an aim to address disparities in health and health care delivery.
Doctor of Medicine in Fremantle, Western Australia
As the only medical degree offered by a Catholic university in Australia, this program gives you the opportunity to complement your technical skills and medical knowledge with a thorough grounding in ethics. This program also examines the special health needs of Indigenous people and rural communities in Western Australia.
The first 2 years of your degree are underpinned by problem-based learning (PBL) and include the study of basic clinical sciences, population and preventive health, bioethics, therapeutics, and more.
Your third and fourth years are clinically based and present the opportunity to explore the different disciplines of medicine such as pediatrics and surgery. You are required to complete 8- to 9-week discipline-based rotations in a clinical setting, and further develop your research skills with a translational research project based in the health sector. There are rural/remote training opportunities, and for some students, placement with the Rural Clinical School in third year.
Doctor of Medicine in Sydney, New South Wales
The first and second years of your studies provide a solid foundation for your medical degree. You will have the opportunity to undertake problem-based learning tutorials conducted by medically qualified tutors, clinical and communication skills sessions, workshops, clinical debriefing tutorials, and site visits. In second year, you will begin to work on a research-based or professionally focused project in one of 10 themes such as Clinical Science, Bioethics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Rural Medicine, or Medical Leadership and Health Policy.
In third year, you will undertake a series of clinical placements in Sydney, Melbourne, Lithgow, Wagga Wagga, or Ballarat. By actively participating in hospitals and community settings, you will engage with patients, their families, and the healthcare professionals caring for them. This strong focus on experiential learning is further complemented by a series of weekly Back-to-Base Days in which you will return to your principal clinical school for short case tutorials, grand rounds, journal club sessions, and expert guest lectures.
Your fourth and final year will see you complete further clinical placements in the Sydney, Melbourne, or Rural Clinical Schools. You will explore a range of disciplines in a range of health settings, as well as present your project for examination in the Applied Research Project course of study. Following the fourth year end-of-year examinations, you will commence a 4-week elective learning period where you can extend your medical knowledge in an area of personal interest.
1. Completed bachelor’s degree
Completed bachelor’s degree with GPA of roughly a 2.7 / 4.0 (approximately 70%), using weighted grade point average, calculated on the last 3 full-time years of your degree. For students in a 4-year degree, the weighting will be calculated by final year x3, third year x2, second year x1. Your first year will not be included in this calculation.
2. Admissions test
Must have achieved a minimum MCAT score of 500. GAMSAT with minimum standard of 50 in each section. Test score validity period is 2 years from the application deadline.
Students ranked as competitive will be invited to a panel interview. This is an opportunity to meet the faculty, learn about the school and program, and let the faculty know about you.
This is followed by an multi-mini interview (MMI). The MMI is scored on a rubric and constitutes 50% of your score, combined with 50% from GPA/MCAT or GAMSAT. You will be asked five separate interview questions. The interview will be recorded with the use of an online interviewing software tool, Modern Hire.
2024 Intake Admissions Timeline
Round 1 deadline: May 30, 2023*
Ranking: June 12, 2023
Panel interview: June 22 – 29, 2023
MMI: July 4, 2023
Last day to sit MCAT: April 28, 2023
Round 2 deadline: mid-July
Round 3 deadline: mid-August